Saturday, December 03, 2022


Grayce Ann Ahern Brooks

Grayce Ann Ahern Brooks, a 65-year resident of Deep River, died on Dec. 4. She was the widow of Harvey James Brooks of Deep River and was born on June 3, 1932, in Middletown, the only child of John James “Jack” Ahern and Belinda Kathryn O’Brien Ahern.

Grayce was a proud graduate of Middletown High School, Class of 1950, and attended Briarcliff Junior College. She was secretary to the vice president and treasurer of Wesleyan University for five years. As a resident of Deep River, she was president of the PTA for two years, served as den mother for Pack 17, and was a trustee of the Deep River Historical Society for 17 years. She was also an active member of the Old Saybrook Racquet Club for 34 years.

Grayce took great joy in her children and their families. She is survived by her son Douglas Brooks and his wife Catherine Wood Brooks of Vermont, her daughter-in-law Nancy Rios-Brooks of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her children Fernando Ojeda Rios III (Katy Dowling, daughters Josephine and Lucia), John James (Jack) Rios-Brooks, and Elisabeth Grayce Rios-Brooks. She was predeceased in 2014 by her oldest son, David Clark Brooks.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Brooks Family plot in the Vista section of Fountain Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Deep River Historical Society and the Friends of the Deep River Library.

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